August 8th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Directorate of Taxation closed sixteen businesses in Alajuela, Heredia, and San Carlos this week for failing to pay the general sales tax (IVI) and not issuing receipts (facturas) and invoices to customers.
The businesses include hotels, restaurants, bars, and retail stores, amongst others.
Ten businesses were closed for failing to pay the mandatory 13% sales tax. The remainder were closed for failing to issue receipts and invoices.
Amongst the businesses closed by tax authorities were Hotel Arenal Vista Lodge and retailer El Regalón.
Tax authorities and the Solís administration have made clear in recent weeks their intention to crack down on tax evaders, including those who own property used as vacation rentals.
In addition, a bill presented to the Legislative Assembly on July 31st aims to provide tougher enforcement of tax obligations, both for businesses and individuals.